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Health care funds restored and vetoed in Dunleavy’s final budget decision

Emily Boerger | Aug 21, 2019 | Alaska

On Monday, Governor Dunleavy announced his final decisions on the state operating budget through the enactment and line-item vetoes in HB 2001. Back in June, Dunleavy signed the state operating budget while announcing over $400 million in line-item vetoes -- many of them related to health and social services. During...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Ivy Spohnholz on veto overrides and Alaska's second special session

Emily Boerger | Jul 8, 2019 | Alaska

Representative Ivy Spohnholz represents Alaska’s 16th House District and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the House Health & Social Services Committee. Rep. Spohnholz is also a member of both the House Legislative Budget & Audit Committee and the Health & Social Services Finance Subcommittee. We caught up with Rep....[ Read More ]

Putting Alaska’s fiscal crisis in context

| Mar 21, 2019 | Alaska

There’s a sign on the wall at Bubba’s Burgers in Kauai, a place my family likes to crash on holiday. It says “Our burgers are good, fast and cheap.  Pick two.” That’s sort of a truism that can be applied to health care in general. For a system that seeks...[ Read More ]

An Honest Budget: Sustainable, Predictable, Affordable

| Feb 13, 2019 | Alaska

This oped was posted on the Alaska Governor's website, in anticipation of Gov. Dunleavy's budget proposal announcement on Wednesday.  One promise I made to Alaskans was to present you with a permanent fiscal plan, one in which we tackle our economic challenges and start bringing fiscal responsibility to Juneau. Combined...[ Read More ]